NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Field is Set after Kevin Harvick Wins at the Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 08: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, crosses the finish line to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 08, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Big Machine Vodka 400 on Sunday afternoon was high pressure for the bubble drivers around the cutoff line trying to race their way into the playoffs with a win.

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Quirky Results at Indy Could Endanger Hendrick Teammates’ Playoff Hopes

Alex Bowman, the driver of the #88 LLumar Chevrolet, leads Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Throwback Chevrolet, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 2, 2018, in Darlington, South Carolina. Photo – Sarah Crabill/Getty Images

It won’t take a miracle for Jimmie Johnson to miss the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the first time in his career. Continue reading

Kyle Busch Makes History in Final Brickyard run for Stewart and Gordon

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Mission accomplished, a record set, and a torch passed to the next generation.

Kyle Busch set a Brickyard record for laps led and became the first driver to sweep both a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series race from the pole in the same weekend, but the real symbolism of Sunday’s Crown Royal 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway didn’t come until the event was over.

As Busch spun his No. 18 Toyota in a celebratory burnout and took his customary bows near the yard of bricks, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon slowly circled the track, driving side by side, waving to fans acknowledging their career accomplishments after what is expected to be their respective last appearances at the Brickyard. Continue reading

On Old Rubber, Kyle Busch Continues Phenomenal Roll at Brickyard

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About the only thing Kyle Busch didn’t win on Saturday was the one prize he wasn’t eligible for.

But the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota won everything else, capping a phenomenal day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a victory in the Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race—and he did so with tires that were 23 laps older than those of his pursuers. Continue reading